Following are excerpts from an interview given by Sunni Cleric, Abd Al-Karim Abd Al-Razzaq, the Imam of Omar Al Mukhtar Mosque in Baghdad that was broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) on November 22, 2005
Razzaq: My brother, I was held in two dungeons – in a dungeon of the immoral, infidel Americans, and in a dungeon of the Safavid Persians.1 I witnessed tortured unheard of even in the Inquisition, or anywhere. When the Americans held me in Al-Jadhimiya Prison, by Allah, I could hear from my dungeon an Iraqi girl saying: "By Allah, I'm a virgin, by Allah, I'm a respectable girl." She was crying out for Allah, and then for the help of the Prophet and of Islam.
In the dungeons of the Safavid Persians, they would hang us, and I can show my feet to the viewers and all Muslims so they know how they poured sulphuric acid on us. They used electrocution, and tore out toenails. I could smell charred flesh. We would say to one another: "Be patient, we'll meet in Paradise." Then, one of these despicable people would come in and say: "Don't you want to eat a meal with the Prophet? We will help you to have a meal with the Prophet right away. We will put a bullet through your head, and you will die as a martyr. Don't you like martyrdom? Don't you want martyrdom?" Things like that.
Iran will never leave Iraq in peace. The Americans have got into a big mess. Those people (the Shiites) said to them: "The people you'll meet (in Iraq) will throw flowers to you." But within a few days, the heroes – may Allah bless them – emerged and got them into a quagmire, and now they are crying for help – look at the leader of the Democrats, two days ago.
That dog Bush goes out with his dog. He pets the dog, and says to the nation, the Muslims, and the whole world: "My dog is better than the whole world." And they all applaud him.
I say to the Iraqis whoever cannot slaughter (a sheep) on the Feast of Sacrifice, should take and American soldier and slaughter him.
1 The term "Safavid" refers to the Safavid dynasty, which ruled Iran between 1501 and 1722 and declared the Twelver Shi'a as the religion of the state.